You know how one "sensible" purchase can lead to another, which can lead to another... Well I might be getting started on one of those spirals. One of the bands I'm in is probably going to be playing a lot of local gigs in small venues where we have to provide the sound support and mix from the stage. I'm thinking of replacing my A&H mixwiz and a couple of DBX equalizers with Presonus 16.0.2. Much more versatile rig and much smaller footprint - and the sale of old equipment will keep the cost pretty low. It's only 12 preamps, so that's a constraint. But it's plenty for the way we set up now. So anyway, one of the cool features of the new Presonus StudioLive boards is that you can hook to a laptop through firewire, set up a local network with a router, and then control the whole damned thing through a iPad. You can even set it up so that individual musicians can control their own aux mix with an iPad or iPhone. This means that I can control things from the stage, but go out to the front of house to tweak things during soundcheck (or have someone do tweaks from the audience during the show.) I know there are several regular posters who have played with StudioLive boards. Have you used these features? How do they work? Are they useful? But this probably means buying a laptop with firewire. But if I go that far, I might as well record all the concerts. But if I do that, I might as well rethink my mobile recording rig. Anyway, forget that for the moment. My guitarist has a macbook pro, so we can at least try out all the featues before going down the long road. I'll post again on the issues of a recording laptop and a mobile recording rig.